White-Out, White Squirrel. The WKU Store Celebrates Grand Opening!

By Lacey Jackson and Jim Sears, BuyLocalBg@gmail.com/
Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 10:00 AM CST

What do football, white squirrels and the humane society have in common? This is not the start of a bad bar joke but it is the start of Blanco’s Furry Friends. The WKU Store has sponsored a number of philanthropic organizations in the past – Wounded Warriors, Toys  for Tots, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. It only seems natural with the increasing popularity of Bowling Green’s white squirrel to have one furry animal help another furry friend.

The WKU Store has been selling white squirrel merchandise for the last several years. It has been a hit with traditional as well as  non-traditional students. Visitors to campus frequently comment about the white squirrel and its origins. The mystery of the white   squirrel only lends to the legend. Students for decades have been debating this very question. Lack of historical evidence makes it all   the more fun. The WKU Store has embraced this ambiguity with the hope of furthering WKU folklore.

With this in mind, The WKU Store has adopted Col. Blanco as the official store mascot as well as a key component in marketing   and promotions. He has appeared on t-shirts, posters, magnets, stadium cups, face tattoos, and even hosts his own blog   (blancosblog.wordpress.com). Col. Blanco is a work in progress. With a past like that, he’s indefinable. This leaves the door open to   limitless possibilities. We created Col. Blanco, let’s have him do some good.

A logical step would be for Col. Blanco to help his furry friends. Blanco’s Furry Friends will be a campaign in conjunction with the   Bowling Green-Warren County Humane Society to help raise funds for the Bowling Green facility. In something of a perfect storm   situation (think white-out) WKU will playing a White-Out Football game, hosting Parent Family Weekend and celebrating the grand   opening of The WKU Store at DSU, Saturday, September 21.

The WKU Store was temporarily located at the Garrett Conference Center Ballroom while renovations were in progress at Downing   Student Union. The new main campus location is at ground level just across from the Houchens-Smith Stadium. This new location   will be prime real estate when the Toppers kick off their first BG home game against Morgan State. The store’s south door is literally   feet away from the stadium and that adds up to a lot of possibilities. After a year away from all the activities of all the football   games, the WKU Store staff is preparing for something different every game.

White-Out and White Squirrel

The WKU Store will be handing out 1,000 twenty-two ounce white squirrel stadium cups and magnets. Kids will be able to show their   Topper spirit with Big Red and Col. Blanco face tattoos. Our Grand Opening specials will run two days, Friday, September 20th and   Saturday, September 21  free to shop twice!

Col. Blanco’s Furry Friends 

The WKU Store has in its possession an autographed football signed by WKU Head Coach Bobby Petrino. The store will be collecting   $1 donations for Blanco’s Furry Friends. One lucky name drawn from the donations will receive the football and a white squirrel   water bottle. All proceeds will be given to the local BG Humane Society.

The Humane Society’s mission is to provide a clean comfortable shelter for homeless, abused, lost and impounded animals of   our community; to place as many of these animals as possible in loving and responsible homes and humanely euthanize those   not adopted; to investigate complaints of animal abuse/neglect; and to educate the public about responsible care of companion   animals, especially spay/neuter. Find them on Facebook and online at www.bgshelterpets.com.

Col. Blanco and The WKU Store

Part of The WKU Store’s mission statement is to participate with local charities and philanthropic groups. It is important that The   WKU Store be an active participant in the Bowling Green community. We hope that this partnership with the Humane Society is a   part of a bigger vision. We feel that The WKU Store is in a unique position to help the community and we believe that Col. Blanco can   be the vehicle to accomplish part of this mission. Embracing a local element strengthens campus/community ties. Col. Blanco can   give us all a warm and fuzzy.  st  . Fans will also be able to receive these promotional discounts at our in-town store on Nashville Road.


Grand Opening Specials
$7  T-shirts
$10  Long-Sleeves
$15  Crews
$20  Hoodies
$22  Zip-Hoodies
*Grand Opening Specials on select WKU apparel items at Main Campus Store only, 9/20-21. While supplies last. No other discounts. Visit http://tiny.cc/GrandEvent for details.

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